40 days until Armistice
Heroes and villains
Art and propaganda played a significant role in WW1. The cartoonists Will Dyson, Bruce Bairnsfather and Louis Raemaekers all witnessed the war at first hand and used their skills to convey a reality that was often suppressed by the governments of both sides. The Boys’ Own Paper, on the other hand, was full of great deeds for schoolboys to hero-worship.
Today we feature: Marix bombs the zeppelin sheds at Düsseldorf, October 1914. Zeppelin raids on mainland Britain brought a new dimension to the war. At Radley, boys were deployed on zeppelin watch to warn of any threat. Marix was the first pilot to destroy a zeppelin, a morale-boosting feat which won him the Distinguished Service Order.